News and Analysis (2/24/11)

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner tries to explain Gaddafi’s anarchistic governance structure, the self-appointed Brother Leader blames Bin Ladin for the turmoil, while his defenders blast “a mosque with antiaircraft missiles and automatic weapons”:

“Nine members of the ruling party have quit over the government’s handling of the protests” to date, but Saleh now promises “to protect the rights of its citizens to assemble peacefully and their right to freedom of expression” despite the fact that their main demand is that he step down:

Emulate “their brothers and sisters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya” the youth of Gaza “are not demanding the overthrow of the Hamas government in Gaza nor the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. What they want is the parties to overcome their bitter rivalries and unite to fight their common enemy: Israel”:

Ten family members, including four children, living in a “house inside a metal cage inside an Israeli settlement” demonstrates what the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay calls an “inhuman life” Israel has imposed on the Palestinians:

If Monteilh’s allegations are true, the behavior of his handlers is inexcusable, but can the man who now says that he was “forced under the color of authority by the FBI and its agents, to plead guilty to grand theft’” be believed?

The suspect is accused of purchasing chemicals with an eye to “targets including the Dallas home of former president George W Bush”:

“Pluralist campaigners said the sentence was too light and would lead to more violence in the most populous Muslim country”:

“According to the UN, about 500 people, mainly pro-Ouattara supporters, have been killed since the election results [of his electoral victory over the Christian incumbent]were announced at the beginning of December”:

“When anti-monarchical revolution swept the Middle East in the 1950s, Jordan was one of the few populous Arab states to keep its king. King ‘Abdallah II, son of Hussein, the sole Hashemite royal to ride out the republican wave, has all the credentials to perform a similar balancing act”:






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